Singer Miley Cyrus has helped to raise $200,000 (£117,647) in just one day for a Los Angeles homeless shelter after highlighting the plight of runaways at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker sent her 'date' Jesse Helt to accept her Video of the Year award at the annual prizegiving ceremony on Sunday (24Aug14) in Inglewood, California, and he revealed that he was homeless onstage. At the end of his acceptance speech, Helt directed the public to Cyrus' Facebook.com page and asked fans to donate to her fundraising campaign for My Friend's Place.
On Monday (25Aug14), the contributions reached $200,000 and they are still growing, according to the New York Times. The campaign will continue until 21 September (14) and people who donate will be entered into a lottery to meet Cyrus during her Bangerz tour stop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 28 September (14).
Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and ex-boyfriend 50 Cent helped comedienne Chelsea Handler wrap up her late-night E! TV show, Chelsea Lately, after seven years on Tuesday (26Aug14). Bullock and Aniston joined another of Handler's best pals, actress Mary McCormack, to stage a mock intervention and hold the host exactly what they thought of her.
McCormack blamed the funny lady for wrecking her acting career and landing her with a bad reputation, while Aniston criticised Handler for stealing "everything I do", adding, "I introduced you to my yoga teacher (and) you stole my yoga teacher," and, "You're not fooling anyone with those blue eyes... I mean seriously, who dyes their eyes? That's just weird."
The former Friends star then took aim at her pal's hygiene issues, explaining, "My security guard caught you douching with Listerine!"
Bullock, who told Handler "You still scare me a little", scolded her pal for teasing lesbians, adding, "You're either into girls or you're not".
The Gravity star then brought Handler's "ex-lover" 50 Cent onto the studio stage, insisting he was the last thing that was cool about the host.
The comedienne appeared thrilled to see her ex, who she admitted she hadn't seen since they split.
She told the rapper, "I wanted to apologise because I did end our relationship abruptly and I know you didn't come on the show for many years... but I want you to know that I have not dated a black man since.
"They say, 'Once you go black, you never go back...' You come running back!"
She then joked, "But seriously, are you over me?"
The rapper then performed new single Watch Me with his rap collective G-Unit before walking off stage hugging his ex, who could be heard saying, "Thanks, babe."
Handler wrapped up the hour-long special with a performance from Miley Cyrus, who sang Roy Orbison's It's Over, dressed in a western style shirt and red pants, before Gwen Stefani led an all-star choir with a send-off spoof of USA For Africa's We Are The World.
The celebrities who joined her, Handler, 50 Cent, Bullock, Aniston and McCormack onstage included Vanessa Hudgens, Fergie, Trace Adkins, Avril Lavigne, Gerard Butler, Alanis Morissette, Kate Beckinsale, Justin Theroux, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Dave Grohl, Leann Rimes, Sammy Hagar, Chloe Grace Moretz, Johnny Knoxville, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Anna Faris.
Miley Cyrus has come to the defence of the homeless youth she took to the MTV Video Music Awards after it was revealed he is wanted by police in his native Oregon for a probation violation. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker pretended Jesse Helt was her new boyfriend on the red carpet at the Los Angeles prizegiving on Sunday (24Aug14), but when it came time for her to give her acceptance speech for Video of the Year for Wrecking Ball, Helt took to the stage instead, with a speech to raise awareness about displaced youngsters across the U.S.
However, on Tuesday (26Aug14) it was revealed there is a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon relating to previous charges of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, according to Eonline.com.
The 22 year old, who met Cyrus last week (ends22Aug14) at Hollywood shelter My Friend's Place, is accused of ignoring the terms of his probation on numerous occasions by failing to keep officials up-to-date on his whereabouts, failing to take a drug test, breaking his curfew and skipping out on his community service requirements, according to court documents.
But despite his criminal past being revealed, Cyrus is standing by her friend and is hoping to bring more awareness to the homeless in America.
She writes on Twitter.com, "People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included. I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it. Does looking down upon the homeless help people excuse their inaction? The media never fails to disappoint. You've chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness. While they obsesses over one homeless mans legal issue let's help the other 1.6 million homeless youth."
Cyrus then shared a link to a fundraiser for My Friend's Place, in which fans who donate money to the cause can win a trip to Brazil for her concert in Rio de Janeiro on 28 September (14). The winner will meet Cyrus and get VIP treatment at the gig.
The homeless youth Miley Cyrus took to the MTV Video Music Awards as her date is wanted by police in his native Oregon for a probation violation.
The pop star pretended Jesse Helt was her new boyfriend as they walked the red carpet together at the Los Angeles prizegiving on Sunday (24Aug14), but he revealed his true identity when Cyrus sent him up onstage to pick up her Video of the Year Moonman trophy for Wrecking Ball to raise awareness about displaced youngsters across the U.S.
During his acceptance speech, he said, "My name is Jesse, and I'm accepting this award on behalf of 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth who are starving lost and scared right now. "I know this because I am one of these people. I have survived in shelters all over this city... Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."
However, Helt's newfound fame hasn't been all good for the blond - it has since been revealed there is a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon, relating to previous charges of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief, reports Eonline.com.
The 22 year old, who met Cyrus last week (ends22Aug14) at Hollywood shelter My Friend's Place, was also arrested and charged with burglary in 2010 after allegedly attempting to break into an Oregon apartment. Court documents reveal Helt is accused of ignoring the terms of his freedom on numerous occasions by failing to keep his probation officer up-to-date on his whereabouts, failing to take a drug test, breaking his curfew and skipping out on his community service sentence requirements, among other issues.
Miley Cyrus decided to use her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (24Aug14) to raise awareness about homeless youths after realising the "power" she possessed following last year's (13) scandalous performance with Blurred Lines hitmaker Robin Thicke.
The Wrecking Ball singer caused controversy at the 2013 prizegiving by grinding against Thicke as they belted out the catchy tune, and Cyrus admits the fall out from that headline-grabbing show made her rethink how best to use her fame in future. She tells Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest, "I just didn't realise my platform, I didn't realise my power. I really realised it after the VMAs (last year)... there's something special and there's only few people that experience this that no matter what I do, there's no winning or losing, it's just going to be talked about. Period. "There's going to be talk, so what do I want them to talk about? If I'm going to be given this loud of a voice and this big of an image and this big of a platform and this huge of an opportunity to talk to young people in America right now, what am I really trying to say? Because I don't think what I was trying to say is what happened the year before."
Cyrus invited a displaced male simply known as Jesse to be her date for the California ceremony, pretending he was her new boyfriend, and sent him up onstage to accept her award for Video of the Year for Wrecking Ball on behalf of the "1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States, who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now".
He then added, "I know this because I am one of these people..." Cyrus kept Jesse's real identity a secret from everyone around her and the singer reveals it became a real challenge as pal Katy Perry, who was seated next to the pair, tried to get Jesse drunk before his big moment. Cyrus recalls, "I'm like, 'This kid has to give this speech!' I'm like, 'Katy, please don't get Jesse drunk right now...' I didn't want to tell her because I was scared if someone found out, they'd try to stop me... no one knew."
The star has since allowed Jesse to keep her Moonman trophy as a memento of the star-studded night.
Miley Cyrus' public image is a particularly temperamental one. We have seen her evolve from puerile child star to an irreverent but admirable purveyor of Sammy Davis Jr's "Gotta be me!" mentality. But once she solidified herself as the sort of artist who'd perform a debacle like we saw at last year's VMAs, we didn't expect there to be much room for recovery. But Cyrus declined the spotlight this year, opting to use the opportunity of her Video of the Year Award victory (for "Wrecking Ball") as a platform to open conversation on something rather sincere.
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Accepting the award on behalf of Cyrus was a young man named Jesse who proclaimed himself to be one of the 1.6 million homeless American teenagers for whom Cyrus is angling to raise awareness and funding. At one point in his rather touching speech, Jesse directed fans to Cyrus' Facebook page, where they will find a link to the charitable organization My Friend's Place. You can donate here.
Considering the image perpetrated by Cyrus just one year ago, it was particularly impressive to see her use the VMAs to broadcast awareness for a subject of such gravity, and furthermore for a widespread problem that hardly gets high profile attention. Surely some cynical viewers will begrudge Cyrus for her center-stage tearful looks, calling the whole thing a ploy for attention and a PR move, but we're inclined to give the 21-year-old pop star credit. We expected her to go the routes of vain and outrageous, she instead did something benevolent and potentially quite helpful.
Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry ruled the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday (24Aug14), by picking up the biggest honours. The Roar hitmaker took home the first Moonman trophy of the night for Best Female Video for Dark Horse and was joined onstage by rapper Juicy J who appeared on the track.
Cyrus, who returned to the prizegiving a year after causing a stir with her raunchy routine with Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, was all about the message this year, choosing to use her Video of the Year acceptance speech for Wrecking Ball to pay tribute to homeless youths.
The pop star sent a man named Jesse to accept the prize on her behalf for the "1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States, who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now."
He continued, "I know this because I am one of these people... If you want to make a powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley's Facebook.com page. A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality."
Beyonce was feted with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and wowed the crowd with a show-stopping performance featuring a medley of hits from her self-titled album, including Partition, Flawless and Drunk in Love.
After her stunning set, which brought the audience to its feet, she was presented with the accolade by daughter Blue Ivy and husband Jay Z, who called his wife "the greatest living entertainer."
Beyonce tearfully accepted her award, saying, "I'm so full. Thank you, I have nothing to say, but I'm filled with so much gratitude. I just thank God for this moment and I love y'all so much. Blue I love you, my beloved I love you, my fans I love you, MTV I love you, goodnight."
The moment appeared to be her bid to once and for all end divorce rumours.
Ed Sheeran and Fifth Harmony were also big winners, taking home the Best Male Video and Artist to Watch awards, respectively.
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kicked off the ceremony with Grande singing her hit Break Free, followed by Nicki Minaj giving a jungle-themed performance of her new track Anaconda.
Jessie J then started off the trio's new hit song Bang Bang, but Minaj suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction when she did not complete her quick-change in time and was forced to hold the front of her dress together so as to not expose her bare breasts as she returned to the stage.
Other performance highlights included Sam Smith with his hit song Stay With Me and Maroon 5, who made their VMAs debut with a performance of Maps outside of the venue.
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora also hit the The Forum stage for their first-ever live performance of Black Widow.
There was also a couple of serious moments in among the festivities - Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this month (Aug14), was remembered and rapper Common asked for a moment of silence for Missouri teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August (14), sparking the ongoing unrest in the state.
The 2014 MTV VMAs winners at press time were:
Video of the Year - Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Best Hip-Hop Video - Hold On (We're Going Home) by Drake featuring Majid Jordan
Best Male Video - Sing by Ed Sheeran
Best Female Video - Dark Horse by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
Best Pop Video - Problem by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
Artist to Watch - Fifth Harmony
Best Rock Video - Royals by Lorde
Best Lyric Video - Don't Stop by 5 Seconds of Summer
MTV Clubland Award - Stay the Night by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award - Beyonce
"I just heard she just beat that s**t. But you know, that a**. I aint (sic) got that a**. I can bring that body, I can bring that wrecking ball. But I can't bring that a** - not that Anaconda." Miley Cyrus on Nicki Minaj beating her Vevo record for the most music video views in 24 hours. Cyrus previously held the record with 19.3 million for her Wrecking Ball promo, but Minaj's new bum-shaking track Anaconda raked in 19.6 million in just one day.
The 2014 MTV Video Music Award winners are...
Best Female Video"Dark Horse" - Katy Perry, ft. Juicy J
Best Male Video"Sing" - Ed Sheeran, ft. Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Video"Problem" - Ariana Grande, ft. Iggy Azalea
Best Hip-Hop Video"Hold On (We're Going Home)" - Drake, ft. Majid Jordan
Best Rock Video"Royals" - Lorde
Artist to WatchFifth Harmony
Video of the Year"Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus
Micbael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardBeyonce
Best Lyric Video"Don't Stop" - 5 Seconds of Summer
Nicki Minaj's racy Anaconda video has smashed viewing records at promo-sharing website Vevo. The film racked up 19.6 million views in 24 hours hours, breaking Miley Cyrus' first-day clicks for Wrecking Ball, which picked up 19.3 million hits in the same time period.
Anaconda has now pulled in close to 40 million views since it was released on Tuesday (19Aug14).